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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1). 1 Kings 17 – 18. Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Introduction. Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Introduction. The Northern Kingdom of Israel never had a single good king. Ahab was the worst.

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ahab elijah part 1

Ahab & Elijah (Part 1)

1 Kings 17 – 18

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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Introduction
  • The Northern Kingdom of Israel never had a single good king.
  • Ahab was the worst.
  • His wickedness was only increased by his wife Jezebel, who encouraged him in everything evil.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Introduction
  • It was precisely during these dire times that God raised up the prophet Elijah.
  • He was perhaps the most influential prophet of them all.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Introduction
  • Two qualities of Elijah that stand out clearly:
    • Elijah’s courage
    • Elijah’s commitment to prayer.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Introduction

In especially challenging times, God raises up courageous and steadfast people.

Elijah Prays for Rain, engraving by Otto Elliger(18th Century)

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Introducing Elijah 17:1-7
  • Ahab was an ungodly king.
  • He and his wife Jezebel actively sponsored the worship of Baal – a Canaanite god of fertility and rain.
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Introducing Elijah 17:1-7
  • Elijah was as true a prophet as there will ever be.
  • He appeared at an especially challenging time in Israel’s history.
  • It reveals that though Israel had departed radically from God, God had never departed from Israel.
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Introducing Elijah 17:1-7
  • Elijah’s mission is to prove to Israel that the Lord is the one true God.
  • The Lord is ultimately responsible for the nation’s well-being.
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Introducing Elijah 17:1-7

In especially challenging times, God raises up courageous and steadfast people.

Elijah Prays for Rain, engraving by Otto Elliger(18th Century)

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Elijah & the Widow 17:8-16
  • God sent Elijah to a widow in the region of Sidon.
  • This was the epicenter of Baal worship.
  • It was also Jezebel’s home territory – where her father was the king.
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Elijah & the Widow 17:8-16
  • Israel was rejecting the Lord, but he found a true convert among a people who worshiped Baal.
  • Jesus used this story as an example of God reaching out to the world when his people were rejecting him.
    • See Luke 4:24-28.
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Elijah & the Widow 17:8-16
  • God took care of the prophet through the widow.
  • God took care of the widow through the prophet.
  • God will take care of all of us as we care for one another.
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Elijah & the Widow’s Son 17:17-24
  • 17:21 Elijah prayed a bold prayer, but he still had to pray three times before the child’s life was restored.
  • Jesus raises a widow’s son in Luke 7:11-17.
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Elijah & the Widow’s Son 17:17-24

In especially challenging times, God raises up courageous and steadfast people.

Elijah Prays for Rain, engraving by Otto Elliger(18th Century)

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Elijah Encounters Ahab 18:1-18
  • 18:3Obadiah His name means “servant of the Lord.”
  • He was “over the household,” – a technical term for the king’s chief officer.
  • As the king’s chief of staff he would have held the royal seal.
  • He feared the Lord greatly!
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Elijah Encounters Ahab 18:1-18
  • God puts his people in key places.
    • In Luke 8:3, we meet Joanna the wife of Chuza, who was Herod’s household manager.
    • In Acts 13:1, we meet Manaen, a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch – one of the teachers in the church at Antioch.
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Elijah Encounters Ahab 18:1-18
  • God can do remarkable things through a faithful servant in a key position.
  • Be faithful wherever God has called you.
  • That may be a crucial part of his plan influence others.
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Elijah Encounters Ahab 18:1-18
  • 18:17-18 Serving the Lord can have a down side.
  • Evil people tend to blame good people for their problems.
  • This happens all through the Bible.
  • It eventually even happened to Jesus.
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Elijah Vs. the False Prophets 18:19-40

Mt. Carmel

“Mount of God’s Vineyard”

In Arabic it is also called

“Mount of Holy Elijah”

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Elijah Vs. the False Prophets 18:19-40
  • The city of Haifa is on the northern slope of the mountain.
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Elijah Vs. the False Prophets 18:19-40
  • 18:26-29 No matter how hard you scream, false gods can’t answer prayer.
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Elijah Vs. the False Prophets 18:19-40
  • 18:30 In years past there was an altar to the Lord on this mountain. It may have dated back to the days before the temple was built.
  • Now it was broken down and in disrepair – a perfect illustration of the people’s present spiritual condition.
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Elijah Vs. the False Prophets 18:19-40

In especially challenging times, God raises up courageous and steadfast people.

Elijah Prays for Rain, engraving by Otto Elliger(18th Century)

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Elijah Prays for Rain 18:41-46
  • Even when you’re Elijah, you still have to be persistent in your prayers. Nonetheless, God answers.
  • See James 5:16-18.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Conclusions
  • King Ahab had all the political power.
  • He is held up as an example of wickedness.
  • The king’s servant Obadiah and a nameless Gentile widow are held up for us as examples of faith.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Conclusions
  • These are times when our Christianity can frequently be challenged by those around us.
  • Whether you answer directly to the king or you’re a poor, nameless widow, this world needs you to be an example of faith.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Conclusions
  • Two qualities of Elijah stand out clearly:
    • His courage
    • His commitment to prayer.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Conclusions
  • These times also call for men and women who have both the courage and commitment of Elijah.
  • You may be called upon to be a bold witness.
  • You may need to become far more devoted to prayer.
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Ahab & Elijah (Part 1) Conclusions

In especially challenging times, God raises up courageous and steadfast people.

We need to be among them.